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Al Jazeera America
Aug 24, 2013 12:00pm EDT
>> the chief united nations weapons inspector arrives in damascus as president obama meets with his national security team to discuss options on syr syria. >>> wildfire spreads into yosemite park and a new threat to francisco. >> i have a dream that one day this nation will rise up, live out the true meaning of its creed. we hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal. >> remembering the dream and the dreamer 50 years later. >> thousands of people making their way through washington, d.c. for days of festivities marking that historic speech from dr. martin about howg jr. and the march on much this day this movement has changed life for africa americans. what has it meant for if you? >> well, the original march was a turning point for me in my life because it was the first time that i was able to really stand up for what i believed. i knew it was right. i knew it was right to my bones to go to >> yeah 7. >> for his take on today's event gas thevent, for the first timee have whites and blacks in intimate settings, allowed to go to church together, organize tog
Al Jazeera America
Aug 27, 2013 2:00am EDT
eastern mex. eastern mexico. ♪ ♪ >> the obama administration says there is a sense of urgency facing the ongoing crisis in syria. the white house postpone aid meeting with russia scheduled for we understand it wants to weigh its response to a chemical weapons attack by syria. john kerry said there is little doubt the a sad regime is behind the attack. exactly what military options are the u.s. wearing? >> reporter: it was the strongest condemnation yet from the administration. >> what we saw in syria last week should shot the conscience of the world. it defies any code of morale at this. let me be clear, the indiscriminate slaughter of civilians, the killing of women and children, and innocent by standsers, by chemical weapons is a moral obscenity. >> reporter: as horrific em are images of death and suffering continue to stream out of syria. president obama met with top advisors at the white house. and had calls with british prime minister david cameron and french leader to discuss options. now kerry says the syrian regime will pay a price. >> president obama believes that there must
Al Jazeera America
Aug 28, 2013 8:00pm EDT
united states use military force against that country and when? >> president obama is speaking out about syria. he said he's considering a military attack when he called a shot across syria. he wants to deter the use of chemical weapons. offer in his interview he also said he has not made a final decision. >> i have gotten options from our military, i had extensive discussion with our national security team. so let me talk about what's at stake here. we understand terrible things have been happening in syria for quite some time, that the assad regime there has been killing it's own people by the tens of thousands. there are sectarian arguments that have spilled over in bloodshed and escalated over the last couple of years. although what has happened there is tragic, and i have called for assad to leave and make sure that we've got a transitional government that could be inclusive in syria, what i've also concluded that direct military engagement involvement in the civil war in syria would not help the situation on the grouped. >> tonight the state department is criticizing what it
Al Jazeera America
Aug 26, 2013 8:00am EDT
fact ready to act on president obama's orders. security officials from 10 countries are meeting in jordan to discuss the best course in action in dealing with the crisis in syria. we go to mike in washington. what can you tell us about the obama administration's reaction to the crisis? >> the rhetoric has toughened in the five days since the chemical attacks in the suburb of damascus, as is a flurry of activity here at the white house and on the telephone. president obama saturday attending a national security council meeting here in the white house that lasted three hours, it was the second one into three days since the five days since the chemical attack. he's been on the phone, has president obama. he's spoken with the u.k. prime minister david cameron, yesterday with the french leader. about 27 calls including to john kerry's russian counter part in the face of strong opposition from the russians to military action, the secretary of state even spoke with his syrian counter part over the weekend. the white house with a very tough statement yesterday, senior administration offici
Al Jazeera America
Aug 28, 2013 6:00pm EDT
. keynote speaker president obama. >> march 50 years ago was not merely how many blacks could join the ranks of millionaires, it was whether this country would admit all people who were willing to work hard regardless of race into the ranks of a middle class life. >> mike viquera joins us. there was forrest whittaker, oprah winfrey was there, i'm curious who the crowd responded to most. >> you know tony it was an extraordinary day, it was renewal, celebration and commemoration. a lot of people who were talented public speakers really moved the crowd. and i gt to mention there was music that was extraordinary. it was a rainy day, drizzled off and own. partnered the cliche it didn't dampen the spirits of the crowd. president obama talked about putting a shoulder to the gate and pushing back and both he and president obama who spoke after the members of the king family spoke paid some overtly political comments about the gridlock in washington as well. president obama took the podium, he immediately noted the symbolism and the reality of the fact that here we are, 50 years to the day
Al Jazeera America
Aug 28, 2013 2:00am EDT
options president obama is weighing to stop the use of chemical weapo weapons. >> reporter: the president obama administration said they will respond to this, the use of chemical weapons in syria. the goal is not to remove bashir al-assad, but to send him a message. >> it is not our intention t for scream changregime change. >> reporter: many feel a strike is unlikely to shift momentum in syria. >> in terms of shifting the momentum on the ground, it's not likely. target strikes are nor powerful in terms of the signally that they achievish and sending a very strong message that the u.s. of chemical weapons will not be tolerated. >> reporter: many believe the president left himself little choice but to response. this was one year ago. >> a red line for us is we start seeing a whole bunch of chemical weapons moving around or being utilized. >> reporter: president obama has been hesitant to get involved in syria. the majority of american people don't want it, and former ambassador robert hunter said the administration is afraid of who could come to power if assad falls. >> then what
Al Jazeera America
Aug 24, 2013 11:00am EDT
>> welcome to al jazeera, i'm riche lle carey in new york. president obama meets with his national security team to discuss options in syria. wildfires spread into yosemite park and new threats to san francisco. >> i have a dream that one day this nation will rise up, live out the two meaning of its dream. we hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal. >> remembering the dream and the dreamer, 50 years later. [♪ music ] >> and welcome to al jazeera. we're in washington, d.c. for this historic day as thousands make their way to the nation's capitol to remembering down independence avenue and casting the mlk memorial which was there 50 years ago. then they'll address the exactlt today means 50 years later. >> racism now is has raised its head in vicious ways, but in the language of politicians. we need the constitutional right to vote. we cannot let the voting right go back. we need the constitutional right to vote. we need to fight the war on poverty. young people with good minds can't afford to go to school. revival the civil rights commission and a ban
Al Jazeera America
Aug 31, 2013 4:00pm EDT
notice, president obama said his defense team is ready to strike syrian targets when given the order to do so. >> this mission is not time-sensitive. it will be effective tomorrow or next week or one month from now. and i am prepared to give that order. but having made my decision as commander in chief, based on what i am convinced is our national security interests, i am also mindful that i am the president of the world's oldest constitutional democracy. >> that's why i have made a second decision. i will seek authorization for the use of force from the american people's representatives in congress. for the last several days, we've heard from members of congress who want their voices to be heard. i absolutely agree. this morning i spoke with all four congressional leaders. they have agreed to schedule a debate and a vote as soon as congress come back in the session. congressional approval will be debated beginning september 9th. >> that's according to a statement released from speaker of the house congressman john boehner. his statement came only moments after president obama
Al Jazeera America
Aug 31, 2013 12:00pm EDT
0's >> i'vi'm riche lle carey. >> president obama is considering limited military strikes against syria in response to new intelligence of weapons attack. assad remains defiant. rich, >> the u.n. inspectors just arrived in the netherlands to analyze the samples they've collected from syria. the world is waiting to see how the u.s. and its allies will respond to last week's chemical attacks. here are the latest headlines we are watching. senior u.s. officials will hold conference calls with senators this afternoon. return vladimirussian presidentn calls the accusations nonsense. it seems that the response is a military response. if that is the case what have you learned about the military capability of the u.s.? >> reporter: as you mentioned there are u.s. warships, there are six, a half dozen. five of them are guided missiles destroyers and armed with tomahawk missiles. there is now a marine troop carrier with hundreds of marines in the areas a support role. the president emphasized there would be no boots on the ground in the event of any attack. the marines troop carrier is ther
Al Jazeera America
Aug 31, 2013 11:00am EDT
obama considering limited military strikes against syria in response to new u.s. intelligence about chemical weapons attacks. assad remains defiant. state-controlled tv showing images of the military while president assad vows to defend the country. weeks into the battle and refusing to give up, thousands of firefighters continue their work to stop the massive rim wildfire as it gains ground. >>> the world is waiting to see what action the u.s. and its allies will take against syria. president obama says he hasn't made a decision yet, but several u.s. destroyers are now in the eastern mediterranean. here are the latest headlines. senior u.s. officials plan to hold conference calls with senators this afternoon. russian president putin says accusations the syrian government used chemical weapons against its own people are utter nonsense. that's a quote. u.n. chemical weapons inspectors have left syria after collecting evidence from the scene of last week's attack. we have several reports. we begin with paul live in washington. so, paul, what else have you learned about this potential
Al Jazeera America
Aug 22, 2013 12:00pm EDT
, president obama goes on the road with his proposal to make college more affordable. and wildfires burning out of control in ten western states including one threatening california's yosemite national park. ♪ >>> former egyptian president hosni mubarak's months in prison are over. just minutes ago, a helicopter flew him from cairo's prison and here is the report from cairo. >> released from the prison after hours of legal procedure, hosni mubarak is released. the destination is very short down the road, the medical facility. he will remain under house arrest under the terms of the state of emergency decree issued by the government. his ban on leaving the country has also been reimposed. meanwhile, the trial for deaths in 2011 resumes. >> the allegation is that he will be tried through n three different cases and that movement is not just a revolution but a military coup. >> those who opposed him for decades will also appear. charged with inciting the violence in recent months. they accuse the morsi government of not being aggressive enough in taking action against mubarak, saying he must
Al Jazeera America
Aug 31, 2013 1:00pm EDT
>>> i'm richelle carey. in the next 15 minutes president obama will announce his strategy regarding syria. >> that's right. we're standing by waiting for the president to come out in the rose garden to make remarks about his decision-making process on syria. >> u.n. chemical weapons inspectors brief leaders on their findings in syria just returning from damascus. >>> president obama is about to make a statement from the white house regarding syria. the president's address will take place as he decides what action to take against syria following last week's chemicals weapons attack against civilians in a damascus suburb. let's go to paul who joins us live from washington. paul, what can we expect the president to say? >> reporter: what we've learned is this is not an announcement that an attack on syria is imminent. it's important to emphasize he won't come out and announce an attack is imminent. what he is going to talk about is talk about his decision-making process, what's been going on about the intelligence, about his consultations with congress, perhaps, consultations with alli
Al Jazeera America
Aug 29, 2013 8:00pm EDT
way that russia is going to budge. the other problem facing the obama administration, yes, they are going to leave. but what we are hearing is their scientific work is going to take days possibly weeks. so what we are clear of that team for some time. >> ambassador, welcome back. we are talking about the inspectors now. seems like there is tremendous pressure on them. >> yes, there is. the time that it can take. they will leave tomorrow. they will leave on saturday. in their time zone. they leave on saturday. now the earliest i would expect that would complete the examination. the small quantity of the materials they have been able to collect. now, that seems well outside the timeframe of the administration seemed to be employing for a possible strike on syria. and then, what will the question arises what will their analysis show? their ability to collect samples of soil, blood, urine. has been quite restricted. they wanted to exhume some bodies. they were denied that. so i'm not sure how comprehensive the results will be. and what the quality of the analysis that would take four or
Al Jazeera America
Aug 25, 2013 8:00pm EDT
days later the obama administration is questioning whether any evidence the inspectors find will tell the real story. the suspected attacks took place outside of damascus. the area has seen heavy shelling since the alleged chemical attack. and that poses a difficulty for inspectors. the white house doesn't seem to have a lot of faith in syria's promise to cooperate. here is al jazeera's white house correspondent mike viqueira. >> reporter: the administration said there is little doubt. the red line has been crossed, the question now will there be a military price to pay for the assad regime. now the white house says it's too late. any belated decision by the r regime would now be considered too late to be credible. the navy has firepower to the region. chuck hagel traveling in malaysia said that th they are ready. >> the administration has asked to be prepared for options of all contingencies. we have done that, and again we're prepared to exercise whatever option if he decides to employ one of those options. >> reporter: since the chemical attacks and the horrific images of deat
Al Jazeera America
Aug 24, 2013 2:00am EDT
state of emergency. >> the suspected chemical weapons attack, asp president obama considers whether to use force in the civil war. >>> i have a dream. my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the colors of their skin but by the content of their character. i have a dream today. >> 50 years after martin luther king's most famous speech, americans descend on the nation's capitol to keep his dream alive. >>> the wildfire raging in yosemite national park is threatening to leave san francisco in the dark. the part of the park that's burning is about 200 miles east of the city, but california's governor jar brown declared a state of emergency. the flames have started moving toward the transmission lines that feed electricity to san francisco. some of those lines have already been taken offline. so far, however, there have been no reports of power outages. melissa chan is joining us by phone in groveland, california, which is near the fires. melissa, what is the latest that you are hearing on the ground? >> well, the city of san francisco, a sta
Al Jazeera America
Aug 24, 2013 5:00am EDT
isolated tribes on earth made an appearance. barack obama security advisors will be meeting at the white house this weekend to discuss syria and options is possible military action and follows a chemical weapons attack earlier this week and we look at how world leaders are perceiving events. >> what will the world do about this, the dying and the dead? more than one thousand killed according to acvisits a many of them children and world leaders say appears to be a chemical weapons attack in syria. u.s. president barack obama has been dealing with domestic issues but in an interview he called this a big event of grave concern. but mr. obama says the u.s. will not respond on its own saying the world needs proof of what happened here and who is responsible for it. un inspectors are in damascus and the chief will arrive on saturday to try to negotiate access to the site of the attack. experts say they don't have much time. >> these are nonpersistent agents in effect and kill people quickly and dissipate very quickly. so that evidence will not remain on the ground for very long. usually hours
ABC
Aug 20, 2013 6:30am EDT
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Al Jazeera America
Aug 22, 2013 6:00pm EDT
, investigating an atrocity, president obama orders u.s. intelligence services to gather details about an alleged chemical weapons attack in syria. >>> robert bales says he is sorry. >>> the justice department moves to sue texas, saying it discriminates against minority voters. >>> the wildfire burning near yosemite national park has more than tripled in the last day, and the work to put it out is just getting started. ♪ >> there has been international outrage over yesterday's chemical weapons attack in syria. hundreds of residents were killed, victims, they say, of toxic nerve gas. and some first responders in syria died after treating victims. the aledged attack happened in a suburb of damascus. president obama has directed the intelligence community to gather information about the use of chemical weapons in syria. we want to warn you, some of the video we are about to show you is graphic, and we have selected images we thought were appropriate to air. >> reporter: a day after hundreds of syrians including women and children were killed or injured, a search among the dead for missing
Al Jazeera America
Aug 27, 2013 6:00pm EDT
fehr, but the white house says there is no doubt. the obama administration says it will release intelligence linking the assad regime to the attack. and clearing the way to a future. >>> california's 11-day old wildfire has charred more than 60 square miles inside yosemite national park. ♪ >>> and the obama administration seems determined to make military action against syria. the white house says there is no doubt that the president of syria authorized the use of chemical weapons against his own people nearly one week ago. the syrian government is challenging the obama administration to prove its accusations. >> we're all hearing the drums of war being beaten around us. if these countries are willing to launch an aggress against syria, i believe the pretext of chemical weapons is false, baseless and groundless. and i challenge them to produce any single piece evidence. >> the white house says it has that evidence. let's go to mike viqueira. mike, the white house is promising an intelligence assessment by the end of the week. >> that's absolutely right. you heard secretary ker
Al Jazeera America
Aug 29, 2013 7:00am EDT
missile cruiser is being moved to the mediterranean. president obama has military options but has not decided whether to launch a military strike on occur i can't. obama's not likely to get u.n. approval and it appears britain is reigning in it's approval of a strike. the president said he has approved assad has responsibility for chemical attacks. a classified report will be delivered on the intelligence that led him to believe that assad was behind the attacks. obama said a declassified report could soon be released to the public. just hours after the president talked about syria in a p.b.s. interview, he received pushback from congress from house speaker john boehner. he sent a letter to the president seeking answer to say 14 questions rewarding u.s. military intervention in the country. boehner stopped short of seeking a formal authorization vote before the president can engage. he said this: >> president obama stressed he had no interest in any open-ended conflict with syria. >> first of all, i have not made a decision. i have got options from our military, had extensive disc
Al Jazeera America
Aug 31, 2013 5:00am EDT
the u.n. investigation will have a response which can come at any time. president obama said any strike would be narrow an limited. we report from washington. >> reporter: well, he hasn't decided what the to do with syria, u.s. president barack obama made it clear he will do something. even if allies like canada, france and germany don't go along. >> a lot of people think something should be done but nobody wants to do it. >> all indications are what to order and strike missiles in the mediterranean. >> he's a thur a thug and murdee pwa hair al assad. >> releasing a summary he says president bashar al assad is behind this attack. but the u.s. also says it has proof that syrian units are responsible for the chemical weapons for three days before the attacks. the rockets were fired from government-controlled areas in 12 location cans detailed by the opposition denailed this map provided ^py the white house. >> we also foe this many disturbing details about the aftermath. we know a senior regime official who knew about the attack confirmed that the chemical weapons were use bid the
Al Jazeera America
Aug 30, 2013 12:00pm EDT
live. first, though, president obama says he hasn't made a decision on the timing or scope of any military action, that is according to a congressman. an unclassified version on last week's attack, that's expected later today. and french president says his country is welcome to back any u.s. action against syria. let's start with mike, live at the white house. that's a pretty big development there, we have come a long way. talk more about our allies. >> i was covering ten years ago, when two stood before cameras and changed the sign, from french fries to freedom fries. why, they were disgusted with france for not backing the allied ink vagues of iraq. now the roles have been reversed and i will add another twist, one of those congressman a republican in north carolina no a signatory to a letter asking president obama to get prior authorization from congress before any perspective military action in iraq. i'm sorry, in syria. at this moment, you may be able to hear the motorcycles being fired up on west executive drives just next to me, that signifies to us the end of a national se
Al Jazeera America
Aug 21, 2013 8:00am EDT
ahead, president obama trying to close the loop on financial regulations. we'll tell you what he wants to do to make sure there is not another financial crisis and no more bailouts of big banks. >> new insights into a disgraced president, hundreds of hours of secretly recorded conversations with richard nixon are set to be released. >> al jazeera america, a new voice in american journalism. introduces america tonight. >> in egypt police fired tear gas -- >> a fresh take on the stories that connect to you. >> they risk never returning to the united states. >> we spent time with some members of the gangster disciples. with an autographed jersey, and obama shared a few praise. >> coach shula retired with more wins than any coach in history. each time that record has been challenged, team after team has fallin short. >> michael eaves joins us to talk more about that. the president was having a lot >> virginia governor bob mcdonald is refuses to quit despite increasing questions about a potential bribery scandal. the governor and his wife are under investigation because of their dealings wi
Al Jazeera America
Aug 30, 2013 4:00pm EDT
, i'm tony harris. here is the latest from al-jazeera. president obama addressed the topic of military intervention in syria today. he says he has not made a final decision but the u.s. is considering a, quote, limited narrow act. the president made it clear he considered syria's use of chemical weapons a threat to national security and secretary of state john kerry echoed obama's sentiments. he said while the u.s. will act on its own timeline, anything that the u.s. does with regard to syria will not be open ended. paul beeben joins us live. secretary kerry made a forceful case for action in syria. what were some of the key points? >> that's right, he was very forceful. almost as emotional as he was earlier in the week, discussing specifics about the details of the aftermath of the chemical attacks. talking about bodies wrapped in white shrouds without a spot of blood but he emphasized over and over, that this intelligence that he was referring to and that was released shortly after the secretary's statement, was very, very high competency. this is no longer about what we know, but wh
Al Jazeera America
Aug 31, 2013 6:00am EDT
action, but president obama says any response will be limited and narrow. first verdict in the gang rape case in murder that cubbed outrage in india. a teenager is found guilty and given three years in detention. security forces move in to break up protests in iraq over pay and benefits. and the new technology that copy art masterpieces but look and feel like the real thing. >> well, the last of the u.n. chemical weapons inspectors have now left syria, the 13 member team, drove across the border today. they have been gathering evidence at the sites of suspected chemical weapons attacks in the circa capitol. u.s. president has described those attacks as a challenge toe the world. he says he is considering a limited and narrow response. while in europe the german chancellor seen here with rush leader says russia and china's action over syria has weakened the united nations. in an interview with the german newspaper it is very regrettable that russia and china have refused for some time to come to a common position on the syrian conflict. joining us live from the crossing on the lebanon syr
Al Jazeera America
Aug 28, 2013 4:00pm EDT
this nation will only be kept when we work together. >> president obama calls on americans to live out the dream of dr. king. the fort hood shooter is sentenced to death for turning a gun on his fellow soldiers. >> the fort hood shooter has been sentenced to death. he's guilty of killing 13 people and wounding 32 more at fort hood in 2009. heidi zhou castro, walk us through what happened today. >> reporter: absolutely. today the government gave their closing arguments for the sentencing phase, and hassan said he would not give a statement at all. so again it was silence from hassan. then shortly after that the jury was allowed to begin deliberations. it took them just under three hours, tony, to come to this unanimous verdict verdict. >> reporter: the judge told them not to speak about this trial until sentencing was over. we're told that should start in the next five or ten minutes. also we expect reaction from fort hood public affairs who has been documenting step by step how this court-martial has played out. >> heidi zhou, if you would, the moment when that news conference is a
Al Jazeera America
Aug 28, 2013 11:00pm EDT
even more delicate for the obama administration, right? >> oh, yes. very much so. i think everyone's seeing that perhaps the initial action may be directed towards israel and i think we've already seen today a call-up of reservists to help with a possible retaliation. we've seen further deployment of miss i'll batteries along the syrian border, and they're preparing for a direct attack or some sort of terrorist action. >> what if iran gets involved? >> then this becomes more of a regional concern. and we then are going to look at other players that may get dragged into this. lebanon for one. jordan mentioned. these are all things that again are being calculated, being looked at and i'm sure there's a lot of conversations going on with various ministries to sort of look at how can these options be mitigated in some way. >> tim, so how long do you think it will be before the united states might launch an attack on syria? are they simply going to have to wait for these weapons inspectors to come back with their report and what about the british? >> hard to say with any sort of certainty
Al Jazeera America
Aug 29, 2013 2:00am EDT
. >> obama: i think we all understand terrible things have been happening for quite some time. the assad regime has been killing it's own people by the tens of thousands. >> president obama said he's convinced that syria used chemical weapons against its people. a nearly two-week-old wildfire burning in parts of california's yosemite national park has exhausted fire crews, resorting to using drones to try to detect new flames. >>> the stance is death for the fort hood soldiers who gunned down 14 of his colleagues four years ago. >>> getting your fast food fix may take time, workers wage against their employers. >> president obama speaks out on syria. the president said there needs to be international consequences for the alleged use of chemical weapons it in an attack that killed hundreds of people. he dismissed a syrian request to extend chemical weapons exception as a delaying tactic. he has prepared to attack with u.s. warships in position. now the world waits for more from the u.n. >> reporter: on thursday the obama administration is expected to give a classified briefing to members
Al Jazeera America
Aug 24, 2013 6:00pm EDT
house says president obama has gotten a range of potential options from his national security team on how to respond to the use of chemical weapons in syria. >> a fast-moving wildfire threatens yosemite park and has the city of san francisco under a state of emergency. thousands march for civil rights and racial equality, where we stand 50 years after martin luther king, jr.'s iva dream spee >> good to have you with us. there may be more evidence of what appears to be a chemical weapons attack last week in damaskas. three hospitals supported by the international humanitarian group say victims started pouring in wednesday exhibiting neuro toxic symptoms. medical staff say they treated 3600 patients in a time span of just three hours of those patients, medics say 355 people died. wednesday night's attack has prompted president obama to discuss potential military options in syria. the new president of the syrian national coalition has called for an international military intervention in syria. the syrian government denies it launched the attack and has released this footage right here
Al Jazeera America
Aug 31, 2013 8:00am EDT
weary, but determined president obama is considering limited military strikes. in response to new u.s. intelligence about chemical weapons attacks. the sir january regime remains defind. state controlled t.v. showing images of its military. a run away wild fire burning a national treasure, and the labor day weekend forecast isn't helping firefighters who are trying to get the upper hand in yosemite. and 19th century art with a twenty-first century twist. you haven't seen van go until you have seen his master works in 3-d. u. n. weapons inspectors have departed syria. their convey arrived in lebanon this morning and headed directly to beirut airport. the inspector spent four days looking for evidence that chemical weapons were used in syria. but their report is expected to take at least two weeks to prepare. for the first time the obama administration unveiled intelligence it says proves chemical weapons killed 1400 syrians. officially the president is still undecided about what to do in syria. but many on servers see missle strikes as unevidentble. some lawmakers say the president sho
Al Jazeera America
Aug 23, 2013 11:00pm EDT
, tonight, president obama has asked the pentagon for military actions -- military options in syria and that's according to defense secretary chuck hagel. , the news comes on the heels of appalling new pictures from syria, the images taken soon after the alleged chemical weapons attack. wee want to warn you the pictures we're about to show you are extremely graphic. charles stratford has a report from syria. >> there seems little doubt that some kind of chemical weapon killed these people. this was shot by an independent journalist for itv news. children on their side, their faces contorted in pain, frozen in the agonizing moments they died. whatever killed these people killed indiscriminately, a cat, a flock of sheep and only feet away a small crater and exploded metal. evidence witnesses say of one of the missiles that delivered whatever ended these people's lives. >>> it was a small explosion, when we went down to see what's going on we smelt a strange odor. people says we needed to go upstairs because it was a chemical gas. then intensive shelings started, i was given oxygen and eye
Al Jazeera America
Aug 26, 2013 8:00pm EDT
. >> president obama met with leaders at the white house to discussion options. now kerry says the syrian regime will pay a price. >> president obama believes there must be accountability for those who would use the world's most heinous weapons against the world's most vulnerable people. >> reporter: what are the options? american boots on the ground already ruled out. a no-fly zone? higher risk for allied forces a hard sale for a war-weary mission. cruise missiles. it's now considered the most likely option if there is to be a military response in syria. >> there's no point in just firing a weapon, dropping a bomb to drop a bomb. i think you have to start by building a coalition of the willing around a regional organization. >> reporter: a mission could trigger more problems. >> obviously if you go in and try to secure the weapons themselves, now you are getting into a whole other area of risk involved of what are the potential fallout with some of the proxy players involved around russia just to name two. >> reporter: a final decision is expected in the coming days. >> what about
Al Jazeera America
Aug 30, 2013 6:00pm EDT
hands on gas masks. >>> president obama said he has not decided how to respond. he calls the use of chemical weapons a threat to american security and to the security of u.s. allies. the president says he wants what he calls limited a*bs. >> we're not considering any open ended commitment. we're not considering any boots on the ground approach. what we will do is consider options that meet the narrow concern around chemical weapons understanding that there's not going to be a solely military solution to the under lying conflict and tragedy that's taking place in syria. >> our mike joins us from the white house. what more did the president say about what's needed in syria. >> the white house told us that the president continues those consultations with allies he's pokeen to a number of days since that chemical attack in syria. the president having consultations perhaps one last time. after the events of today, we first heard from john kerry, the secretary of state, he laid tout case presented that intelligence report declassified four pages wort were maps that were four separate chem
Al Jazeera America
Aug 20, 2013 8:00pm EDT
welcome t to al jazeera america. president obama considers cutting aid egypt after weeks oh of bloodshed. billions is on the line. burning up, more than 50 wild fires out of control this wes in states and they are running out of resources. >> in bangladesh, how put americans are putting lives in danger. >> we begin in egypt. the violent and bloody change of government there. the u.s. is rethinking its relationship, powerful mideast allie. president obama met with his security advisors today about possibly cutting the billions of aid to egypt. the same time the white house is condemning accusations by turkey's prime minister that israel had a hand in the overthrow of president morsi. we are watching developments in washington but first this report from jane ferguson. >> reporter: anti-military retestprotests in egypt has cha. they replace the demonstrations. here, around a thousand people gathered around the migathered . >> translator: i'm here to say no with an open chest. i know there are murders from the army and thugs with the police at any moment but i am standing here stea
Al Jazeera America
Aug 25, 2013 2:00pm EDT
security advisors to consider his options. >> president the obama has asked the defense department >> reporter: obama has said any use of chemical weapons is a redline. during a phone call on saturday the british prime minister agreed. >> we need to be careful here about air strikes. these entities will have to try to control the aftermath. >> reporter: the u.s. secretary of state called on his counterparts. >> reporter: moscow is alarmed by reports >> we have said it once, twice and given our assurance assurances no are there chemical weapons in any shape or form. >> let's look at the diplomatic side of things. going to talk about william hague and movement. >> there is a we don't know what he is taking there. there are meetings that will take place in jordan. military actions, as we know indicate no decisions have been made at this point in time. >> william hague says it points to use of chemical weapons by the syrian government. we have talked about the diplomacy side of things. thank you for your time, as ev ever. we are speculating but what do you think we are looking at? >> i
Al Jazeera America
Aug 28, 2013 7:00am EDT
the obama administration, which is not the diplomatic term that you might want to use. >> well, there is a contest for influence they had and told relationship with syria, one that they valued. you know, i think president putin has been interested in coming back somewhat to a role in the middle east, which they lost after the collapse of the soviet empire. >> ambassador murphy, thanks for being with us this morning. we will be in contact, because things of moving quickly. >> as the obama administration considers how to respond to the situation, vice president biden saying on tuesday there is no doubt the syrian president did use chemical weapons on his own people. >> for we know that the syrian regime, the only ones who have the weapons, have used chemical weapons multiple times in the past, have the means of delivering those weapons, have been determined to wipe out exactly the places that were attacked by chemical weapons. >> vice president biden stressing that instead of cooperating with inspectors, the syrian government has blocked the investigation now for five days. the u
Al Jazeera America
Aug 30, 2013 1:00pm EDT
question we must all be asking is what will we do? let me emphasize, president obama, we in the united states, we believe in the united nations and we have great respect for the brave inspectors who endured regime gunfire and obstructions to their investigation. but as the secretary general has said again and again, the u.n. investigation will not affirm who used these chemical weapons. that is not the mandate of the u.n. investigation. they will only affirm whether such weapons were used. by the definition of their own mandate, the u.n. can't tell us anything we haven't shared with you this afternoon or that we don't already know. and because of the guaranteed russian obstructionism through any action through the u.n. security council the u.n. cannot galvanize the world to act as it should. let me be clear, we will continue talking to the congress, talking to our allies and most importantly, talking to the american people. president obama will ensure that the united states of america makes our own decisions on our own time lines based on our values and our interests. now, we kn
Al Jazeera America
Aug 23, 2013 5:00am EDT
indication of u.s. action for now. from new york state president obama was talking about education, not syria. conveying only through his deputy press secretary the u.s. is appalled by the reports of widespread kills. it's a year since president obama said the use of chemical weapons in syria would be a red line being crossed but since there are fresh reports of chemical weapons use in syria there has been no mention of consequences by the obama white house. instead only suggestions to the syrian government to cooperate and give a united nations chemical weapons inspection team access to the sites where it's believed chemical attacks occurred. kimberly al jazeera, washington. >> chemical weapons expert believes the inspectors will find it difficult to investigate the case. >> well, it's probably unlikely, it's sad, there are 30 minutes away from where this atrosity happened but taken three months to get in and actually the current task of looking for evidence will be very difficult because i expect the evidence would have gone. however, if they can get there and it's not a very -- i spo
Al Jazeera America
Aug 29, 2013 3:00am EDT
united states remembers martin luther king and his dream of racial equality 15 years on. >> barack obama says the u.s. military has presented him with options for strikes against syria, but he has not yet made a decision. he's coming increasing pressure from the u.n. and russia to hold off. they want u.n. monitors currently inside syria to complete their investigations into a suspected chemical weapons attack last week. obama said the aim of the military reaction would be to deter future chemical weapon attacks. >> obama: if in fact, we can take limited tailored approaches, not getting drawn into a long conflict, not a repetition of iraq, which i know a lot of people are worried about, but if we're saying in a clear and decisive but limited way that we send a shot across the bow saying stop doing this, that could have a positive impact on our national security over the long term, and may have a positive impact in the sense that chemical weapons are not used again on innocent civilia civilians. >> reporter: our white house correspondent has more from washington on the domestic considerati
Al Jazeera America
Aug 20, 2013 6:00pm EDT
. as the crisis in egypt unfolds the obama administration tries to figure out what to do with the millions in aid that goes to the ally. crews are stretched as wildfires stretch across the west, and the biggest continue to grow. plus . . . >> sometimes you get nothing, just to pay the rent. >> u.s. workers who never get a paid vacation. ♪ >>> our top story the president has met with his top security and defense officials at the white house. at the top of the agenda, what to do about egypt. at steak is millions of dollars in u.s. aid, and an alliance that is one of america east most important in the middle east. and authorities have arrested mohammed badie. separately judicial officials say a court will review a petition to release, hosni mubarak. mubarak is waiting to be retried on charges of being behind the killi killings that take place. >>> and demonstrators waved flags and posters of ousted president, morsi. egypt's cabinet says more than 850 civilians have been killed in the last week. the muslim brotherhood puts the toll much higher. let's begin in washington with mike vi
Al Jazeera America
Aug 28, 2013 6:00am EDT
i must say, that i do know that this -- the president obama and the american administration, are not known to be trigger happy. what they will decide, i don't know. but certainly, international law is very clear. security council has to be brought in. >> mr. brahimi, you have said what you said about the international law, but the united states and britain have already said they believe chemical webs were used and that the syrian government was responsible. so doesn't that >> if any action in syria, are you going to continue your mandate? thank you. >> no direct link between my mandate and military action. there is a lot of military action these days. it has been the case for almost two years now. more than two years. what i'm doing to do i will tell you if i decide to do anything you will hear about it. >> i have read many the press -- i think one of the most important things i have seen is that they said that the security council must act. they have also said that the syrian regime is responsible for this. but as -- i told you, we are waiting to see what the facts are. >> there
Al Jazeera America
Aug 29, 2013 6:00am EDT
, not getting drawn into a long conflict. >> no decision yet, but barack obama has laid out a case for punishing syria over claims it used chemical weapons. >>> in the u.k. opposition is growing. plans to hold quick votes authorizing military action are reigned in. >>> also ahead, going hungry in yemen. why more than half of children under five don't have enough food. we have a special report. >>> plus, after fukashima japan weighs up reopening its nuclear power plants. ♪ ♪ >> hello. barack obama says the u.s. military has presented him with options for strikes against syria, but he has not yet made a decision. the british government meanwhile changed its plans for a quick vote in parliament. we'll have more on that in a moment. let's start inside syria. a u.n. expert, they're in the suburbs of damascus for a third day and they're gathering evidence that could establish the use of chemical weapons. violence meanwhile continues in many other parts of the country. caroline malone has the latest. >> shock and panic moments after an explosion in the city. the result, death and destruct
Al Jazeera America
Aug 27, 2013 7:00am EDT
, the white house has postponed, put off a wednesday meeting with russia, instead the obama administration now said to be weighing its response to the attack. there will be no u.n. inspection of the site of that alleged weapons attack. that has been postponed until tomorrow. samples were selected monday. they are confident the team has collected the evidence that it needs. u.n. ambassadors take to go twitter to blast the assad regime this morning, august: >> a similar tone struck this morning by current white house national security advisor susan rice, herself a former u.n. ambassador, saying. >> secretary of state john kerry saying any evidence collected in syria is important and there is little doubt that the assad regime is behind the attack. >> what we saw in syria last week should shock the conscious of the world. it defies any code of morality. let me be clear. the indiscriminate slaughter of civilians, killing of women and children and innocent bystanders by chemical weapons is a moral obscenity. by any standard, it is inexcusessable and despite the excuses and eequiv
Al Jazeera America
Aug 23, 2013 6:00pm EDT
. president barack obama has called the situation an event of grave concern. suffering most are those too small to defend themselves. there are now 1 million revenu revenueys. al jazeera has more from a camp in northern iraq. >> reporter: normally described as one in a million is a compliment. here its anything but. for million syrian children this is now their life. ibrahims is 10 years old. he likes to tease his sister. he arrived in camp a day ago, but so far it's been an adventure. for one so long he's seen a lot. >> with bombings we were scared, we ran away. we were being bombed. they just destroyed us. now i'm here. i just wanting to bac back to school, go back to my friends. >> reporter: in iraqi kurdistan 10,000 children have arrived here since thursday, and the u.n. said registering them is top priority. >> now they are identifying all of the children of the school-age, and also the children with special needs. so these information will be relate to unicef, and unicef then after will walk on them liberally. >> reporter: this camp has a long way to go before it's ready to deal
Al Jazeera America
Aug 22, 2013 4:00pm EDT
attack in syria. 1300 people are believed dead. president obama urged intelligence community to quickly gather information about the use of chemical weapons in syria. the government denies that they use chemical weapons, but washington does not believe they have the means for chemical warfare. >> reporter: a day after hundreds of syrians including women and children, were killed or injured, a search among the dead for missing relatives. syrian opposition say more than 1300 people died after government forces used chemical weapons in a number of areas east and west of the capitol of damascus. but the shocking picture of the victims have brought swift international condemnation. the french government demanding some sort of action. >> if proven our position of france is there needs to be reaction. what does it mean? not soldiers in the field but condemnation, and i'm not going to be precise, of force. >> reporter: and germany in an act cooperatism. >> these reports are serious, and should they turn out to be true it would be a monstrosity. >> reporter: an emergency two-hour meeting
Al Jazeera America
Aug 27, 2013 11:00pm EDT
the suspected chemical weapons attack. but a former weapon's inspector has this warning for the obama administration. >> not simply on the bases of gut feeling or that's what we think. we need it as hard evidence to show the world the proof, and once that is done, the picture will look very different indeed. >> also making headlines one of the largest fires in california history is still growing tonight inside yosemite national park. ♪ >>> we begin with syria tonight and a warning from a form weapon's inspector. ambassador richard butler, the un's former chief weapons inspector in iraq said the u.s. should make sure it has evidence that syria used chemical weapons against its own people. today when vice president biden talked about syria, he founded very certain. >> for we know that the syrian regime are the only ones who have the weapons, have used chemical weapons multiple times in the past, have the means of delivering those weapons, have been determined to wipe out exactly the places that were attacked by chemical weapons. >> am -- ambassador butler said if the u.s. has proof, i
Al Jazeera America
Aug 28, 2013 1:00pm EDT
appeared to oppose the obama administration, who has supported his efforts up until now. he said if the attack happens, if obama gives the go ahead, and he'll have the final say, will it be legal. the u.n. charter is clear, if you don't go to the security council first and they don't agree, then it is illegal. >> david, you've been listening. the question is will the inspectors on the ground again today get four more days, do you think? >> well, that does certainly remain a big question here. nobody knows the exact clarifications of what four more days means. there have been a couple of note regarding the u.n. inspectors that have implied or indicated that they may be until sunday night coming up, so that would be four more days were right now. and not implying that they've completed two, and they have two more. the fact is also that it's not believed that it takes too long for them to complete the work on the ground. two days, they get a lot done, and they've been very productive. they've reported that twice now. two more days gives them a lot to take back home. they have to take s
Al Jazeera America
Aug 30, 2013 2:00am EDT
if or when to use military force is still up in the air. president obama is also considering going it alone in syria, this after america's closest ally britain cast a surprising vote against military action in response to the chemical weapons attack. meanwhile bold reaction from syria's leader, bashar al-assad said its country is ready to defend itself from any military attack. [♪ music ] >> the united states may have to go it alone in syria. the white house is still trying to assemble a coalition after an alleged chemical weapons attack by government forces. but last night the british parliament refused to authorize any military intervention. the lawmakers were told the administration has proof that president assad's government used chemical weapons. they were also told that the president still has not decided how to provide in syria. defense secretary chuck hagel said that the u.s. still considers the u.k. an ally. >> thvery strong in condemning e syrian regimes use of chemical weapons, and that vote in the parliament does not change that. >> hagel also said every nation has th
Al Jazeera America
Aug 30, 2013 8:00am EDT
following at this hour. making the case for a possible attack, the obama administration steps forward with evidence it says proves the assad regime is to blame for the deadly chemical weapons strike in syria. >> bold and defiant reaction from the syrian leader said his country is ready to defend itself. meanwhile, syrias refugee crisis gross by the day. >> same sex couples will now be allowed to file joint tax returns and it doesn't matter whether their state accepts gay marriage or not. >> science decides to give mother nature a helping hand, creating a bank that insurance bees will be around for a very long time. >> >> this morning, president obama considers going it alone, taking on syria without a key ally by its side. the obama administration forced to evaluate that option after the british parliament refuses to authorize military intervention. >> the ayes, 272, the nos 285. >> prime minister david cameron disagrees with the vote but believes it represents the will of british citizens. but just hours after britain backed out, another ally stepped forward. the president of france
Al Jazeera America
Aug 25, 2013 5:00am EDT
the ououtskirts of damascus that killed hundreds. barack obama met his national security visors to look at a range of options. the defense secretary says that the military is ready to act on barack obama's orders. during a phone call with british prime minister david cameron both leaders agreed that the significant use of chemical weapons would merit a "serious response." john kerry called his i don'ter parts in saudi arabia, jordon and turkey rallying support to put pressure on the syrian government. state department officials confirmed john kerry had called syria's foreign minister the day after the suspected attack asking for u.n. inspectors to have access to the site. for more on all of this, here is jane from washington. >> national security officials met president barack obama at the white house to discuss what to do about this. the sounds of grief. the pictures of tragedy. bodies of children and some adults, victims of what appears to be a chemical weapons attack on the outskirts of damascus. doctors without borders says three hospitals in the area reported receiving 3600 pa
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